Research Group

Current Research Group

Postdoc and Research Fellows

  • Dr Alice TrevailUniversity of Exeter (2021–2025). Project title: Birds without borders or isolated islands? Connectivity of Chagos seabirds. Funded by the Bertarelli Foundation.

  • Dr Stephen Lang – University of Exeter (2021–2022). Project title: Interactions between anthropogenic pressures and African penguin foraging behaviour and population dynamics. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and OWCN.

PhD

  • Jacqueline GlencrossUniversity of St Andrews (2020–2024). Thesis title: "Impacts of fishing-induced changes in forage fish school structure on seabird foraging". Supervised with Andy Brierley (University of St Andrews).

  • Amanda Kuepfer – University of Exeter (2019–2026 [part time]). Thesis title: "Seabird-fisheries interactions – The importance of fisheries in shaping the ecology of black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands". Supervised with Stu Bearhop (UoE), Paulo Catry (ISPA - Instituto Universitário) and Steve Votier (Heriot-Watt University).

  • Jennifer Grigg University of Exeter (2018–2022). Thesis title: "Causes and consequences of dispersal and recruitment: Importance of juvenile movement ecology for penguin conservation and translocation". Supervised with Steve Votier (Heriot-Watt University), Dave Hodgson (UoE) and Grainne McCabe (Bristol Zoological Society).

  • Stephanie GoodUniversity of Exeter (2017–2022 [part time]). Thesis title: "Setting a global standard for estimating fisheries’ impacts on seabirds: what constitutes ‘best practice’?" Supervised with Rachel Turner (UoE), Richard Phillips (British Antarctic Survey) and Steve Votier (Heriot-Watt University).

Research Group Alumni

2021

  • Dr Peter Carr — PhD, University of Exeter. Title: "Exploring the benefits of a tropical, large-scale marine protected area for breeding seabirds, per mare, per terram". Supervised with Malcolm Nicoll (ZSL), Heather Koldewey (ZSL) and Steve Votier (Heriot-Watt University).

2020

Some of the results from Rebecca's MSc thesis were published in Conservation Physiology in 2021 [LINK].

2017

Davide published an amazing 8 papers from his PhD, including papers in Methods in Ecology and Evolution [LINK], Behavioral Ecology [LINK] and Scientific Reports [LINK].

Davide now works as a Park Lands & Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Adelaide, South Australia. And he is also an award-winning photographer to boot!

2016

  • Jennifer Grigg — MSc, University of Bristol. Title: "Monitoring the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) for conservation: Evaluating the effectiveness of spatial fisheries management and investigating relationships between foraging behaviour and reproductive success". Supervised with Marc Holderied (UoB) and Gráinne McCabe (Bristol Zoological Society).

Jenny is now a doctoral student with me at the University of Exeter – see above.

Kate published two papers from her PhD thesis in Journal of Applied Ecology [LINK] and Ostrich [LINK].

Kate currently works as a Biologist for Environment Canada and Climate Change.

  • Leanne Tol — MSc, University of Cape Town. Title: Factors impacting the breeding success of African penguins Spheniscus demersus on Robben Island. Supervised with Les Underhill and Peter Barham (University of Bristol).

Leanne now works as a Programme Coordinator for the Island Nature Trust, Canada.

2015

  • Joanne Morten — MSc, University of Bristol. Title: "Linking body condition of African penguin Spheniscus demersus chicks to begging calls, rehabilitation success and occurrence of mass abandonment". Supervised with Dr Marc Holderied and Dr Christoph Schwitzer (Bristol Zoological Society).

Jo published some of the results of her MSc in Animal Conservation in 2017 [LINK].

Jo is now doing a PhD on Arctic Terns with Dr Lucy Hawkes at the University of Exeter.

2014

  • Philna Botha — MSc, University of Cape Town. Title: "The effects of prey availability on the endangered bank cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus" (PDF). Supervised with Dr Timothée Cook, Professor Peter Ryan and Professor Les Underhill.

Some of the results from Philna's MSc thesis were published in Conservation Biology [LINK] and Conservation Physiology [LINK].

  • Greg Campbell — MSc, University of Cape Town. Title: "Effects of temperature on gular fluttering rates and evaporative water loss of four sympatric cormorants in southern Africa". Supervised with Dr Timothée Cook and Professor Peter Ryan.

Greg now works as a Biologist for Bird Studies Canada.

  • Dr Corlia Meyer MSc, University of Cape Town. Title: "The endangered bank cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus: the heat is on. Understanding the effect of climate change and associated environmental variable changes on the breeding biology and population dynamics of the bank cormorant" (PDF). Supervised with Dr Timothee Cook, Professor Peter Ryan and Professor Les Underhill.

Some of the results from Corlia's MSc thesis were published in Conservation Physiology [LINK].

Corlia is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stellenbosch.

2012

  • Jordan-Laine Calder — BSc Honours, University of Cape Town. Title: "Long-term effects of oiling on African Penguins on Robben Island, South Africa". Supervised with Professor Les Underhill.

Graduated with an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in 2013/2014. Now a Doctoral Student at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.

  • Jennifer Roberts BSc Honours, University of Cape Town. Title: "Link between temperature and nesting behaviour in the endangered bank cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus". Supervised with Dr Timothee Cook, Professor Peter Ryan and Professor Les Underhill.

Some of the results from Jennifer's MSc thesis were published in Conservation Physiology [LINK].

Graduated with an MSc by Research from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in 2016, having volunteered for the University of Oxford's seabird programme on Skomer Island (UK) in early 2013.